You've probably noticed by now that, though I'm a born-and-bred LA girl, when it comes to my personal style, I'm oftentimes a bit more Manhattan than Manhattan Beach. Neutral tones, sleek lines, leather, Fall, blazers, booties...these are a few of my favorite things. But when in Rome, you know? Or in this case, when in certain neighborhoods in LA, wear silky floral robey-things and pretend like you're a little bit boho-chic. Usually around this time of year, I stick closely to casual denim dresses and trusty lightweight denim with a white silk cami and a straw hat. But I was amazed that when I simply added on said silky floral robey thing, my boring summer uniform was transformed into this ethereal, usually-unattainable, "I Live in Free People" look that I've just never really been able to pull off. Some ultra-cool gold flats from Lou.Earl (my favorite new comfy summer sandal) and some mirrored sunnies added back in a bit of polish, so I didn't feel totally out of place. Amazing how sometimes, the smallest adjustment can make you actually feel like you've lived in LA your whole life.Read more
Going out during the winter is hard work. And let's be real; all we really want to do is stay at home, hibernate, watch Netflix, and order take-out. But on those occasions when our friends convince us to go out to that hottest new dinner spot or grab drinks at a cool new bar, picking the right look is just another barrier to our desire for socialization. Abandoning the sweatpants and slippers in favor of mini dresses and heels is never easy, so finding that semi-comfortable transitional look is key. Swap out your mini dress in favor of a cool leather skirt, which still looks nice and occasional-appropriate when layered with an oversized sweater (for comfort and warmth) on top. Instead of your usual killer stilettos, opting for heeled over the knee boots makes a serious statement, but actually keeps you covered up and gives your tired feet a bit more support. Throw on a denim jacket to add another casual element, but dress up the look for a nicer occasion with some statement jewels, like this crystal choker.
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I know that over the last few years, mismatched silhouettes, mixed prints, and a general tendency towards that messy-random-chic look has been a hallmark of fashionable, cool girl style. And though I wish I could pull off combinations like a cropped sleeve, long sweater with a bell sleeve blouse peeking out underneath, effortlessly half-tucked into high-waisted jeans with a distressed, asymmetrical hem over graphic, printed booties that clash brilliantly with a graphic, printed bag, I tend to keep things a bit simpler. I go for rich tones that suit me, and occasionally, like to match my hat to my blazer to my neck scarf. Is it boring? Maybe. But with a flattering green wrap dress and fun OTK boots, it feels just matchy-matchy enough for me.Read more
Though LA is geared more towards casual BBQs or pool parties, there comes the occasional stylish Garden Party that requires putting aside the jean cutoffs and finding your best Blair-Waldorf-inspired feminine, floral dress. Other occasions for such a frock include afternoon tea, a girlfriend brunch in Beverly Hills, or a sophisticated getaway to wine country. But as you probably already know, I'm not really the floral dress type...unless those florals happen to be dark, moody, and casual. So instead, I'm bringing Garden Party attire out of Versailles and into modern LA, opting for this matching floral set by Banana Republic (no, that's actually not a jumpsuit!). While I'm also not one for being too matchy-matchy, there's something fashion-forward and sophisticated about such bold, intentional matching. Instead of wearing just a floral top or floral pants, putting them together creates a head-turning look that cheekily embraces florals without convention. Click through to check out the look and shop the pieces.Read more